Saving for Retirement at Each Stage of Life

Saving for Retirement at Each Stage of Life

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Hi friends! Here’s an article from Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director, who I met (and had a happy hour snack with) at last year’s FinCon. Take it away, Katie!

Next week is National Save for Retirement Week and no matter how old you are, saving for retirement should be a top savings priority. A February 2013 America Saves survey found that only 50% of those not retired said they “save for retirement at work through a 401(k) or other contributory plan.” Knowing how much you will need to live a comfortable retirement and saving to reach that goal is the key. Below are some quick tips for saving for retirement during each stage of life.

Saving In Your 20’s

  • Save at Your Workplace – Starting early is one of the best ways to save for retirement. Take advantage of any workplace retirement plans you can and make sure to contribute enough to receive matching contributions. This is one of the few places you will get a 100% return on your “matched” investment. Don’t have a workplace savings account? Consider opening an IRA.
no big deal, just a tiny adirondack chair on a stick.

no big deal, just a tiny Adirondack chair on a stick.

Saving In Your 30’s

  • As your salary increases, consider gradually increasing the percentage you contribute toward your retirement.
  • Consider expanding your retirement portfolio to include at work or outside of work savings options.

Saving In Your 40’s

  • Calculate how much you will need to save for retirement. According to EBRI nearly half of workers age 45 and older have not tried to calculate how much money they will need to save so that they can live comfortably in retirement.
  • Pay off as much debt as possible.
  • Consider increasing retirement contributions.
  • Address any life changes that could impact your retirement plan.

Saving In Your 50’s

  • Play Catch Up – Once you turn 50, you can make “catch-up contributions” — an extra amount, beyond the normal limits, that you can make to tax-deferred retirement plans.
  • Review your accounts to learn when and how you can withdraw money from your accounts, and make sure you are on target with your savings to last your through retirement.
  • Estimate how much you will receive from Social Security and determine the age you should apply for Social Security benefits.

Saving In Your 60’s

  • Waiting a few years can add up to greater payouts from Social Security. Decide when you should start receiving social security benefits.
  • Find ways to reduce your spending so that you can live within your means during retirement.

Need help finding ways to save? Take the America Saves pledge to make a commitment to yourself to save and receive emails and/or text messages to keep you motivated.

America Saves, managed by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), is a non-profit researchbased social marketing campaign that seeks to motivate, support, and encourage low- to moderate-income households to save money and build wealth. Learn more at americasaves.org

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